Sustainability Stage Panels

The City of Ottawa & Energy Evolution: Where To From Here? 

Join The City of Ottawa’s Janice Ashworth and Mike Fletcher as they discuss the City of Ottawa’s Energy Evolution Strategy. What are the next steps as the City looks towards achieving its ambitious climate targets? Janice will discuss the role of municipalities in enabling energy retrofits of existing buildings along with some specifics around the newly launched Better Homes Ottawa Program. She will also preview the new Benchmarking and Auditing program that will be launching this fall to encourage building owners to disclose their energy and emissions performance. Mike Fletcher will speak about Innovative Energy Conservation Opportunities that are coming as part of the Energy Evolution Strategy. How will innovation reshape our city and what can we learn from other jurisdictions? Also, what innovations may we see in the next five or ten years that can help move us faster to our targets? This panel will be moderated by James McNeil who is the founder of the Conflux Canada Event series as well as a leading advocate of green buildings and their effects on climate change and the greater economy. 

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Innovative Technologies in New Home Builds

Join the Greater Ottawa Builders Association’s Jason Burggraaf for a panel dedicated to Innovative Technologies in New home Builds. In recent weeks we have seen an influx in Net Zero and Passive Homes hitting the market. Our three panelists have been building sustainable homes around the region for numerous years and can shed light on the process and what new technologies will mean to the growing housing stock. Joining Jason will be Roy Nandram, founder of RND Construction. RND have recently launched the Farmside Green Project at Ottawa’s Experimental Farm which includes nine brand new Net Zero Ready homes. Casey Grey, founder of The Conscious Builder will also be along to chat about their latest projects which include the energy efficient Three Day Cottage Project. Chris Weissflog, founder of EcoGen Energy & Build will round out our panel and he will chat about several new Passive Homes he has built just outside Ottawa. 

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Understanding Home Energy Audits

With a Federal Incentive for Energy Efficient Home Retrofits and the City of Ottawa’s new proposed Better Home Loans Program, we are primed to see a massive scale up in home retrofits. If you are thinking of applying to take part in either of these programs, an Energuide Home Energy Audit will be your first step. The EnerGuide evaluation is carried out by an energy advisor who is registered with Natural Resources Canada. Afterwards, the homeowner receives an EnerGuide rating that demonstrates the energy performance of their home. We will have two expert Energy Advisors talking about the process and what to expect from an audit. They will detail the steps taken, including how to evaluate your results and what you can do afterwards to move towards Net Zero energy consumption. Joining us will be Homesol Building solutions Stephen Magneron and EnviroCentre’s Scott Meyer. This session will be moderated by SMARTNet Alliance’s Nick Hebb. 

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Ask The Expert Sessions

EV Charging – Plugging into an Electrified Future with Mitchell House

Join the City of Ottawa’s Mitchell House as he discusses EV charging infrastructure. What can we expect from the City of Ottawa as EVs become more widely adopted, the vehicles the City of Ottawa is implementing into their fleet, and different charging routes to various cities? Mitchell will demystify EV charging and chat about the charging infrastructure in Ottawa as a whole. If you are an EV driver, curious about the capabilities of electric vehicles, or are considering getting into an EV you won’t want to miss this session. 

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Residential and Commercial Energy Audits with Chris Habets

Join Good Habets founder and CEO Chris Habets for this informative talk about residential and commercial energy audits. What are some simple things you can do at home or the office to increase energy efficiency? What things should you consider before and after your audit?  Chris will detail the low hanging fruit and give both home and business owners options for future sustainable upgrades.

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EV Makes & Models with the Mike Banks

Join the Electric Vehicle Council Of Ottawa’s Mike Banks as he discusses the latest EV makes and models on the market today. Which offer the best range and what models qualify for the various rebates and incentives available today? Mike will run down what is available in the Canadian market and what you might expect to see in the coming years as more and more EVs hit the market.

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Total Home Control & Solar Integration with Phil McNee

Join Demand Renewable’s Phil McNee’s expert session on Total Home Control & Solar Integration. Phil will be discussing the ins and outs of installing solar in your home including integration with electric vehicles, hot water and more. Now more than ever it’s important to consider resiliency in both new and existing homes. Phill will discuss all this and also detail the payback time and go over everything you need to consider if you’re thinking of going solar at home or at your cottage. 

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Understanding Heat Pumps with Dan Vivian

Heat pumps are all the rage and will be a serious tool in the battle against climate change. Technological advances have allowed heat pumps to be installed in cold weather climates like Canada and have represented serious payback not only in folks’ carbon budget but also their pocketbook. Join Dan Vivian from the Building Science Trust as he explains the ins and outs of heat pumps, what you need to consider before installing one and how when combined with air conditioning considerations they can be a wiser choice than natural gas furnaces.

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EV Myth Busting and Q&A with Raymond Leury

Join the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa’s President Raymond Leury as he breaks down the myths around electric vehicles. What should you be considering when buying an EV and what are some important things you need to be once you’ve made the purchase? This will be a fun session with lots of chances to ask questions and get the straight answers about EV ownership. 

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